Favorite thing: The Old Port of Desenzano is the most attractive part in whole of the town. Actually, it is narrow water basin of the lake which makes natural shelter for the small boats. There are several restaurants, cafe-bars and hotels all around it. The port is favourite pedestrian area for the tourists, especially in the summer evenings.
Desenzano was a lovely place to relax in. You could walk down to the harbour area and just sit and watch the boats coming in and out.
In the evenings, it came alive with groups of young people, families out for a meals or a walk, eldery people.
There were no signs of trouble, the streets were clean and tidy. All the shop keepers were very helpful with the language barrier!
It had a good range of shops from Designer labels to everyday needs.
We hope to return in the near future.
Desenzano is situated on the left lakshore of Garda which belongs to the Region of Lombardy. In fact, Lake of Garda is divided in between Regions of Lombardy and Veneto.
The port of Desenzano is one of the biggest on Lake of Garda and it has the biggest Marina in whole area.
It is not that classy destination as Sirmione or Riviera, therefore it is suitable for the tourists who cannot afford to spend the fortune for accomodation.
The seaside walk in Desenzano isn't very wide, but it's still nice. There are benches here and there, so you can sit and enjoy the lovely view. You can also see Sirmione and its castle from here. The walk is lined with big, sharp rocks as well as a small wall. This also means that it's not easy to go for a swim. But I think I saw a beach which you can access easily, but it's not big. It's located next to the "Spiaggia Desenzanino" beach in the central part. This beach isn't a proper beach though. There's also a wall there, but lower at least, but I guess it's more suitable for sunbathing and socialising. There's also a restaurant here.
Also, when it's windy, you have to watch out for big waves that splash over the rocks and onto the seaside walk!!
Fondest memory: Sitting on a bench under a palm tree and admire the view.
Favorite thing: Piazza Malvezzi is the biggest open space and the real heart of the town of Desenzano. There are plenty of cute cafes and restaurants all over the squre, which is also the usual meeting point for locals. Right next to it there is the old port of the town, probably the most pitoresque spot of Desenzano.
Favorite thing: The main city street looks very bussy, all the time except during the "siesta-time". It is full of various shops, little cafes and restaurants. I the evening hours it is the main promenade, especially in the winter time. This atreet leads you directly to Piazza Malvezzi, which represents the heart of the city.
Desenzano has a multitude of little walkways and passages like this one, and all well maintained and swept clean.
Great to wander through, catch a little breeze from the lake, and a reprieve from the sun.
Ma Kettle and I were puzzled as to how taxis were able to enter pedestrian areas, when all entrances were blocked off by metal and cement pillars. Now, we're not stupid people, and don't get obsessed by many things, but this did have us stumped.
So, I did what all people do who aren't obsessed...I waited, and watched, and waited some more, camped out along side the metal barrier.
Finally, a white taxi was coming our way, I readied my trusty camera, focused, and a lady pushing a baby stroller stopped immediately in front of me, and started chastising her other two children for something or other. No matter, for the taxi now appeared on the 'other side' of the barrier. Drats !! Missed it.
However, looking at the site of the metal barrier, I saw it was completely retracted into the roadway. Apparently, taxis are equipped with an electronic beam that activates the switch which allows this 'gate' to automatically lower itself below the road surface, thus permitting the vehicle to pass unimpeded overhead. Ingenious.
In Canada, this would not work well for long, due to our heavy frost in the winter, which throws all construction off kilter.
Very interesting. Hey, what can I say, small things amuse small minds.